Food is something that I love (to cook as well as eat), but what I love more about food is the fact that it brings people closer; food has the power to make everything better. (un)Fortunately for me, my mom and my wife are much more seasoned chefs than I am, so I seldom set foot into the kitchen to cook; it’s been almost two months since I cooked something (microwaving instant noodles or popping corn doesn’t count).
Weekends are always fun – there’s never a dull moment, lots of leisure time and plenty of catching up on the past week’s lost sleep. Any special family activities that I can think of (be it an outing or doing something together), I save them for the weekend. After not being able to contain the urge to caress some utensils, I stormed into the kitchen with gusto to try out two tempting cookie recipes.
The first one of these two amazing recipes include Cumin seeds. Cumin seeds (or Zeera – as they are called in Urdu) are an integral part of Pakistani cooking; not only do they give a magnificent aroma to your food, they also help cure indigestion and acidity.
Here is a time-tested recipe (courtesy: Mrs. Yousuf Bawany). Again, it would be selfish of me to take all the credit; not my recipe, not my execution but I did help make them.
- Flour – 4 oz
- Castor sugar – 1 oz
- Egg – 1/2
- Baking Powder – 3/4 tsp
- Cumin Seeds (crushed) – 1 tsp
- Salt – 1/2 tsp
- Butter – 2 oz
- Sift flour, baking powder and salt
- Beat butter and sugar till light and creamy
- Beat the egg lightly and add to the butter mixture; continue to beat
- Add the cumin seeds to the butter mixture
- Once the butter mixture is light and fluffy, fold in the flour mixture using a rubber spatula
- This mixture will turn into a soft dough
- Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough into a 1/4 inch thick sheet and using a cookie cutter, cut out the biscuits into your favorite shape(s); alternately, you can make little dough balls about 1 inch in diameter and flatten them with your hands to make these biscuits
- Spread these molded biscuits out onto a lightly greased baking sheet
- Preheat oven on gas mark 4 (180° C) and put them in for about 20 minutes
- After taking them out, let them cool down before serving
A batch of these delightful biscuits can make your tea-time extra special. These can last for quite some time if you put them in an air-tight container, so why not head into your kitchen and enjoy some right now?
looks nice, i also tried some saltish zeera biscuit recipe the other day and they turned out great.
it Is easily my favourite, lovely post really will be coming back to this time and time again. Thanks!